2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

The 2018-19 NHL season is over and the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs start this evening, so I wanted to take a look at the matchups and see how the teams compare based upon various stats since the trade deadline. I’ve used Corsica.hockey to find the team stats from February 25 through the end of the season. This gives us 18-21 games played per team, roughly equivalent to the final quarter of the season.

I am looking at Goals For and Against per 60, Goals For Percent, Shots For and Shots Against, Shots For Percent, Shooting and Save Percent, PDO, and Win Percent. For each matchup I will calculate the difference between each team’s numbers and list who leads in each category.

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2019 NHL Awards – My Votes

The 2018-19 NHL season is over and we are getting ready for the opening round of the playoffs, so this seemed like a good time to write up my predictions for the 2019 NHL Awards. We’ll start with the easy ones that have already been determined.

 

Presidents’ Trophy – “Team that finishes with the most points during the NHL regular season.”

Tampa Bay Lightning – 128 Points

 

William M. Jennings Trophy – “Goaltender(s) that have played for the team that allows the fewest goals scored against it.”

Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss (New York Islanders) – 191 Goals Against

 

Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy – “Leading goal scorer in the NHL.”

Alex Ovechkin – 51 Goals

 

Art Ross Trophy – “Player who leads the NHL in points at the end of the regular season.”

Nikita Kucherov – 128 Points

 

Next we will look at the ones we can make a reasonable guess at based upon quantifiable data. There is no set criteria of what specifically the voters are looking for, so sometimes you see unexpected upsets.

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